This is a Virtual Church Service by Dawlish Christian Fellowship, a friendly church based in Dawlish, south Devon. When the Covid-19 situation is over, we would love it if you would could join us in person. Take a look at our ‘services’ page for more information of where we meet and service times.
Before we begin our service, here’s an update from Mark and Jo about the response to the community need in Dawlish.
Good morning, welcome to Dawlish Christian Fellowship’s ‘Virtual Church’ and thank you for joining us! Like most churches across the UK and globally, we are running on-line services to stay connected, where possible, with our church family for worship, prayer, updates and God’s Word. All are welcome, especially those who don’t normally go to DCF and might be logging on to the website for the first time. Please don’t forget the Notice Sheet where you can find updates and points for prayer.
A special thank you to John, Adam, Jane, Andy and Cecilia for pioneering our first on-line service last week and all the effort that went in to navigating what for us at DCF, are chartered waters. As a Huggins family we joined in from home, eagerly awaiting the 10.30am moment and then enjoying each part. What a blessing.
This week’s theme is ‘Finding Peace’ and a similar thank you to our guest speaker Derek Stringer who has recorded a wonderful message for us based on Philippians 4: v4-9. Thank you Derek for your love of the Lord, and your love for us here at DCF. We return blessings to you, your family and your church in Christchurch, Bournemouth.
We also have a selection of songs to help you worship, prayer from Ros Partridge and a children’s and young people’s talks from Katie and Adam.
As we enter into worship let’s reflect on the words of Psalm 62: v 5-8:
5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God,Psalm 62: v 5-8
for my hope is in Him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
7 My victory and honour come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
8 O my people, trust in Him at all times.
Pour out your heart to Him,
for God is our refuge.
Let’s continue in worship as we raise up our anthems of praise to our God, the amazing, unchanging One. The first song ‘Praise Him’ by Hillsong and is full of energy and affirmation – something much needed at this time.
The second song I have chosen is ‘In Christ Alone’, which proclaims that we can only find hope, light, strength, love and peace through our faith in Jesus Christ.
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
I’ve chosen Kristian Stanfill’s version from the 2013 Passion Tour because it has a very powerful additional ‘middle 8’ bridge as follows:
I find my strength, I find my hope
I find my help in Christ alone
When fear assails, when darkness falls
I find my peace in Christ alone
I give my life, I give my all
I sing my song to Christ alone
The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords
All heaven sings to Christ alone
(Kristian Stanfill, 2013)
The message is based on Philippains 4: 4-9
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.Philippians 4: 4-9 NIV
This week’s message has been recorded for us by Derek Stringer.
Children and Young People
A message from Adam:
A message from Katie:
Below is a PDF of the Junior Church material based on Finding Peace. Thanks Jane for providing this.
Closing Blessing and Song
Thank you Derek for bringing such a message of faith, hope and peace this morning. Following Derek’s quote of the old song ‘when peace like a river – it is well with my soul’ I thought this would be an excellent song to end with. The song writer wrote this song in 1873 following the death of his 4 year old son, losing his business and property portfolio in the Great Chicago Fire and 4 daughters on a sea voyage whilst emigrating to Europe. Despite this, he could still praise God and say ‘it is well with my soul’.
I’ve chosen the 2011 remake by Hillsong but before we watch and join in the final worship song, two very familiar, but powerful closing blessings.
The priestly blessing
24 ‘May the Lord bless youNumbers 6: v24-26
and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord show you His favour
and give you His peace.’
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.2 Thessalonians 3: v16
Let’s sing up at home and we’ll see you next week.
Words of Encouragement and Messages
Happy Birthday to Leon!
Ros sent in this song to share with everyone:
Do you have any stories of what God has done recently that you would like to share? It could be a short video or something written. Maybe you have a prayer request. We could include some of these in next week’s service. Please email these to the church office: email@example.com
We would normally have a collection during our service. If you would like to give, you can still do so on-line. Please see our giving page.
Do you know a DCF Church Member who is not on-line?
Do you know of someone who couldn’t access this service on-line? If so, this week’s notice sheet can be downloaded and printed below. There aren’t any sermon notes this week. Why not phone someone up and explain the message to them instead? Please could you organise the necessary distribution the notice sheet through life groups, but if there are still those without access, please let the DCF office know. Thank you.
This week’s Notice Sheet
Covid-19 community support
The Dawlish Town Council has been working with various community organisations to produce a leaflet. It includes a support network of contact information to help local people during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is being distributed across Dawlish, door to door from Saturday 21st March. More information, including PDF downloads of leaflets and a link to a dedicated website, can be found on our support during Covid-19 webpage.